Dr Ofweneke speaks of his desire to join Classic105 FM (exclusive)

I recently spoke to the illustrious comedian, Dr Ofweneke. The man is always a pleasant interviewee and always gives detailed, impassioned answers to any question I ask.

On April 1st, Ofweneke whose real names are Sande Bush posted an update on his Instagram page where he said that he had joined Classic105.

Although posted on the highly-suspect date, the message fooled many (including me) with congratulatory messages flowing in from most quarters.

So was joining Classic105 a desire he had or was it all just a prank? “Yes, it is a desire to get back on radio,” he started off. “I think I have been off radio for the past 5 years. I have been in talks with a few radio stations and if all goes well then I might be back on radio. It depends…My intentions even back in the day was to take my radio career to RadioAfrica.”

What show would the comedian want to do? “Whichever comes my way. By the grace of God I am among the best talents around. Having a 13-year career in radio, TV, I believe I am up to the task with any show I would be given.”

He finished off by saying, “There is no show I haven’t done. I have done breakfast, morning, evening shows. Whichever comes, I am versatile.”

Were he to succeed in joining Classic105, Dr Ofweneke would join the biggest radio talent in the Kenyan media landscape in Maina Kageni.

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I was a staunch Muslim before I converted – Rose Muhando

Gospel singer Rose Muhando’s recent interview with Wasafi Media this week has revealed so much that we didn’t know previously about the controversial musician.

Muhando divulged that she was a staunch Muslim. She said that she went through tough periods, and sadly that the person she hoped would be a help in her life turned out to be the cause of her issues.

I was held hostage by a church elder for years – Rose Muhando

While answering a question on something that happened to her that almost made her stop believing in God, the singer disclosed that she was raised in a Muslim home and had grounded values.

“My father raised me well and with values as a Muslim girl. And he was someone who really held on to his religious values. So even when I converted to Christianity, I was not that shocked because I already knew God. Again, both religions really have similar values like the ten commandments,” she explained.

The mother of three also revealed she was a big fan of the late Michael Jackson and his music.

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I once fell into a toilet dancing – Embarambamba reveals

Christopher Musyoma aka Embarambamba as many people have come to know him, has become the notorious bad boy in gospel music at the moment.

The man has trended in 2021 after videos of him dancing like a mad man on the road went viral with the irony being that the singer does not do his music videos while under influence of drugs or alcohol.

In an interview with Jalang’o on Tuesday, the man gave his side of the story stating that he likes to incorporate comedy and theatrics into his gospel music.

Embarambamba should be arrested! Kenyans say after singer nearly hit by boda boda

He revealed that he once fell in a toilet while performing in a ceremony. He disclosed the ordeal in an interview on Jalang’o TV;

“Sasa kufika apo kwa uwanja, hio ngoma ikawekwa. Wamama ndio hawa, furaha ikanishika. Saa ile na roll, nikasonga kidogo kutoka kwa sherehe. Saa ile na roll ivo karibu na corner, nikapata naingia kwa shimo. Uzuri hio choo ilikuwa imetangulishwa udongo kidogo…”

He also defended his actions saying that his dangerous behaviors have never gotten him to hospital after he started gospel music.

But while he might defend his actions, a recent video clip of the singer running across the Southern Bypass earlier this week has many concerned.

The man was captured running across the road while shooting one of his music videos, and nearly getting hit by a bodaboda.

His dancing has previously attracted the vitriol of many Kenyans including KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua who stated that he was concerned for the well-being of the singer. “Come let’s find a way out. You sound ok, but ur theatrics are embarrassing & must be moderated!” Mr. Mutua said in the past.

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Embarambamba should be arrested! Kenyans say after singer nearly hit by boda boda

Embarambamba has been the viral sensation in 2021 the way Tik Tok queen Azziad dominated the headlines last year after her glorious dancing titillated Kenyans.

Unlike Azziad who got nearly unanimous praise for her dancing skills and wonderful smile, the gospel musician from Kisii County has divided Kenyans with his antics.

Some like Ezekiel Mutua have been on record warning that the singer might be a danger to himself. And just like clockwork Embarambamba hasn’t disappointed with his most recent crazy behaviour.

Embarambamba danger to himself-Ezekiel Mutua voices concern for gospel singer

The artist was captured on video been a danger to himself and others while shooting one of his infamous music videos. In the video, Embarambamba is seen trying to cross the busy Southern Bypass while a bodaboda bike is on the road.

The musician is lucky that his quick reflexes allow him to stop just in time before he runs onto the road where he would most likely have been hit by the rider.

Kenyans on Twitter didn’t spare the artiste and asked for something to be done about the gospel singer’s behaviour. Check out the full video below;

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Embarambamba danger to himself-Ezekiel Mutua voices concern for gospel singer

Embarambamba has either been a blessing to the gospel community or an embarrassment, so much so that Ezekiel Mutua has noticed his antics.

For those who might not know him, Embarambamba is a Kisii gospel artiste who has made a trademark out of rolling in the mud and pulling of other spine-chilling stunts, while doing his music videos.

The musician’s gimmicks have now drawn the attention of the Kenya Films and Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua, who is concerned for him and those around him.

“Why do I feel like Embarambamba is a danger to himself and that his fans could be cheering him to self-destruction? Is this style sustainable? Is it even sane?” Mutua posed.

The moral cop suggested that the artiste’s fans were the ones egging him on to proceed with his stunts, unaware of the dangers that could be staring at him.

For his part, Embarambamba has been on record defending his daring music videos, saying the Holy Spirit’s power inspires them.

In his latest music video, Embarambamba was spotted holding a bible while kneeling in the mud as he donned a white suit. “I pray for wisdom to get a way to reach my President Uhuru Kenyatta to assist me to preach your word and lift your name high, both in kids and adults.”

And who takes care of the laundry that gets messed up?  The artiste has claimed in the past that his wife takes care of his laundry and has never complained about her husband’s behaviour.

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Bridget Achieng explains the sexism she has faced as a woman in the events industry

Bridget Achieng is one woman who will not allow negativity or trolling to take her down. Her last Naifest event opened the floodgates of criticism after a boy died at the event.

In a recent interview with me, Bridget explained how tough it was to be in the events industry as a woman and how she was being treated differently to how violent political rallies are viewed.

“That kid dying on my event was not even on me. Like it was an event, I can’t be able to take care of 15k people all by myself, even people coming to my event have to take the initiative to take care of themselves.”

Adding,

“Not to drink too much for your phone to get lost, we are all grown-ups. If this was a rally with the political bigwigs and somebody died nobody would have spoken about it. It wouldn’t even have reached TV but a young woman who is trying to make ends meet, everyone is trying to pull her down, her name is so easy to mention that everybody would mention my name.”

She then went on to confirm the bias that she has faced as a trailblazing lady in the events industry,

“Something like that never gets to the limelight. No one will talk about it cause men have power over women in Africa and these people dominate the industry, I am just the one percent that is there. I have suffered a lot in this industry. Like this past week, some people lied to my new marketers that I pay peanuts and they should go and tell a tabloid about it. If you read the conversations that have been put on this tabloid and you are a smart person you will know that this is a lie.”

Bridget complained that people tended to focus more on the negative than on the positive.

“People don’t talk about the transition I took from being a socialite to being a mother to being one of the top entrepreneurs in Kenya. They don’t know that transition isn’t easy and I am a single mother. As much as me and my baby daddy are cool, we buddies, he takes care of his son, I take care of my end. Still, I am a single mother,  I am not married to that guy.”

Finishing off by saying that she perseveres because she owes alot to those people who depend on her, “There are so many things that I have to do. I am mother and dad to my son, I have to be a sister, auntie to other people and I still have to be out here and be an artist to my fan base. And still have to be an entrepreneur. It’s not easy.”

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I came back home in honour of my brother – Lovy Longomba back in Kenya

There was a time that the group Longombas dominated the Kenyan music scene with songs like “Vuta Pumz”, “Dondosa’’, “Piga Makofi’’ and ‘’Shika More’’.

That time was in the mid-2000s when the group that consisted of 2 brothers, turned to gold. But a few years later they were just a memory as they both relocated to the USA, a fact that most Kenyans became aware of after one half of the duo passed on mid this month.

Christian, who was the younger of the two, died after a long struggle with a brain tumour. His brother Lovy, has decided to visit Kenya after 16 years, days after the burial of his brother in Los Angeles, California.

“I came back home in honor of my brother Christian. This trip was supposed to be made by me and him at some point this year but God had other plans.’’

While in Kenya, Lovy will be meeting with family and friends to pay their respects to Christian as well as sharing details of Christian’s final moments and wishes.

“It’s truly overwhelming. I must confess that the love we have received is so far healing us. Christian stood for his love for God, family and music. His unique voice like my late father Lovy Senior will be in the hearts of Kenyans forever.” said Lovy.

Will he be releasing any music? “It will take me some time to work on music again because my partner is no longer here with me. I need to heal. Christian was still writing with me even when he could not record. We have so many songs, maybe at some point I will put them out.”

But he said that he would be open to working with other Kenyan artists when the time is right.

Lovy said he was proud of the legacy the Longombas built during a defining moment in the Kenya music industry, “We pioneered and changed the sound of local music. We raised the standard so high when it came to performing and stage presence.”

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DP Ruto reveals favourite musician and food to Jalang’o

Deputy President William Ruto was interviewed yesterday by comedian Jalang’o. The second in command was as charming as he usually is giving the funny man a lot to think and laugh about.

One of the things that surprised many was his admission that gospel singer Solomon Mkubwa is his favorite artiste.


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Speaking on Bonga na Jalas, DP Ruto disclosed this information after being asked to name his favorite artiste and favorite food.

“What is your favorite song…Najua haupendi reggae” said Jalang’o hilariously alluding to the recent BBI political debate.

DP Ruto replied, “My Best Artiste ni Solomon Mkubwa (Mungu mwenye Nguvu) …and favorite food is nyama choma and Mahindi Choma pia hapo niko kabisa.”

Ruto also touched on the things that he misses doing by virtue of not being a private citizen anymore, saying that window-shopping was at the top of his list.

“Window-shopping- hii window shopping unajua pale tu hii kuangalia, iko kitu fulani pale, kuna new style hapo ya viatu, sijui nini pale. Hiyo window shopping ni kazi mzuri sana lakini sai haiwezekani. Watu wengi watazusha ama itabidii nivae miwani na sijui ni hapo.”

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Mr. Ruto’s advice to the youth was for them to be patient and persevere saying that life was full of ups and down’s. “Maisha ni panda shuka, tia bidi, pole pole utafika, na vijana muache presha nyingi bana, stress itawamaliza,” he finished off.

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It will be the first event with CCTV! Lessons Bridget Achieng learnt from previous Naifest

Bridget Achieng suffered a lot in 2020, especially as far as her reputation goes. This happened after the now-infamous Naifest event that was noted because of the death of a certain young man.

The event earned her a lot of controversial press and could have killed any future Naifest concerts were it not for the indomitable Bridget.

Miss Achieng will be hosting another one this August and said that she has learnt a lot from the previous event. She told me;

“This time I have already known that security is one of the most important things. I have people who will be on standby if the numbers are big. I also have CIDs who will be on the ground to check out on the kids and whatever goes on during the event.”

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Adding;

“I have paid the best security company in Kenya. I have ordered for cameras from China and they are already here. I think that is the most I can do to protect Kenyans. I think that this will be the first event in Kenya with CCTV cameras. Because if we saw what happened to Shanty from the beginning we would have known what happened to him.”

She said that because the previous event lacked CCTV cameras, it was hard to find out what exactly had happened. “Because there were no CCTV cameras it was so quick for my bouncers to be charged after they kicked him out.”

She said that she had also learnt how to deal with artistes, saying that she now pays them long before the concert and makes sure that contracts are signed.

“I get artists, who might not speak to me in a week’s time. So I make sure I pay them and that contracts are signed. The reason Reekado Banks didn’t perform is that someone lied to him that I would pay him with fake money.”

She finished off by promising that this concert will be bigger and better than before.

“This is my phase 3, everything will be bigger and better. It will be in the first week of August and I am bringing a very big artiste. In fact, it will be two international acts on one stage, something that hasn’t been done in Kenya.”

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“I have a baby to feed!” Bridget Achieng on her never-give-up attitude since Naifest controversy

Bridget Achieng was one of the few celebrities who had a rough and tough end of 2020 and all because of a sad and mysterious death that took place at her Naifest event.

The mother of one was vilified online with nary a word of support for the Nairobi Diaries actress. But it seems that despite the vitriol and hate online, Bridget is rising like the proverbial phoenix.

So how did she do it? This writer asked her “You are running Naifest again. What type of mental energy did you use to go back to a project that has caused you so much stress in the past? What is your secret?

She replied, “Just because your business burnt down it doesn’t mean you stop working. There are things that happen that are beyond your capabilities as a human being. I am those people who don’t give up. At the end of the day, I have a baby to feed, I have bills to pay, I have workers pay. According to Kenyan law or how the story unfolded, I wasn’t found guilty.”

She also spoke about how the media treats her since the news came out. “I am not going to go deep in that topic and I don’t speak to tabloids anymore cause many are quick to post without confirming whether it is true or false.”

Adding, “For me as an entrepreneur you can’t afford to give up or look down upon yourself, you take the bad and you turn it into good.”

The former socialite then went on to explain some of the unknown intricacies that affected the controversial Naifest event late last year.

“All I know is that last time there was a bigger crowd than we all expected. 5k tickets were bought online, 10k tickets were bought at the gate. And there were still people we locked out the gate as our security couldn’t handle. At 6 or 7 there is no way you can hire security to come and do reinforcements.

She said that it was funny that people will never praise her even when she does good.

“The funny thing is that people don’t talk about the good things a person has done. They just wait for something bad to happen. I have never seen bloggers speak about the good initiatives I am doing, like I have a children’s home in Kibera of about 50-80 kids. No one talks about that.”

She ended by saying that she had learnt to deal with all the negative press, saying, “I am now used to the negative press. Also being a woman in a male-dominated industry, it’s not easy for me.  I am fought from all corners.”

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Just like Jay Z and 50 Cent-Khaligraph Jones speaks on diversifying his career

Khaligraph Jones told me that he had a wonderful 2021.

The muscular rapper explained that he was appreciative that he had lived through the year despite all the challenges that Covid-19 had brought up.

The rapper who is one of the most hard-working and consistent musicians in the country told me his plans for 2021 were going to be similar to that of 2020.

“I’m going to do the same thing I didn’t 2020, with more collaborations with different artists. Only that this time round will take it one notch higher but it’s all the same,” he said.

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An artist’s time at the top is normally short and many smart ones like Jay Z and 50 Cent normally start diversifying when they are still at the top. Was Khaligraph of the same mind?

“Being a musician in Kenya it is very hard to survive on music alone so you have to diversify. I’ve been doing that from the get-go. You see me out here shooting music videos. I don’t get sponsored by people all this is my money,”

Adding,

“This goes to tell you that I have diversified and I have things on the side that will be able to amplify my career and take it to the next level. There is no way you can do that without resources and money.”

He finished off by stating that the business he was now concentrating on other than his music was in customizing cars for clients.

“If you see me on social media you will see that I am into things like cars and things of that sort. I am using my fame to push my cars.”

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Khaligraph Jones opens up about actor Omosh’s recent financial situation

Khaligraph Jones is one of the few rappers who will speak his mind without fear or favour. In a recent interview that I had with him, the henched musician gave his thoughts on the recent situation that had faced fellow entertainer Omosh.

Omosh

Khaligraph empathized with him and supported the decision by many Kenyans to aid the actor in his time of need.

“It is what it is that is life,” he said. “Even if we come with strategies to see that things like this don’t happen, if they happen it is our responsibility to come together and help.”

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He added that people should stop attacking the former Tahidi High actor as he had been a boon to Kenyans with his talents.

“I see people rebuking Omosh and saying, what did he do with his money? This is a guy who was on television entertaining people, this guy has motivated and inspired a lot of people. So he has every right to come out and ask for assistance from the people, that he has been entertaining.”

“Hopefully, the industry elevates to a level where we don’t see such cases anymore,” he concluded.

And what was Khaligraph’s experience with 2020? “It was good. It was ok. At the end of the day, as long as you are alive, God did his thing. “We managed to get through covid and survive. 2020 was okay.”

Were there any lessons he had learnt during the crazy year?

“Of course, you know 2020 was different and automatically that means that you have to adjust. That means you have to come out with new tactics on how to deal with your life in terms of one’s perspective of life and music, everything changed. It was for the better of course,” he finished off.

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I love “African Beauty”! Alikiba surprises fans as he lavishes rival Diamond with praise

For the longest time, Alikiba is arguably the only Tanzanian musician who has not kissed Diamond Platnumz’s ring, thus endorsing him as the undisputed GOAT in the Bongo music scene.

The two have had a rivalry over the years with periods of calm and others of all out war and it seems that we might be in a calm season.

Why? Alikiba of all people has come out to pick his favourite songs from his rival camp WCB Wasafi during a live session on his Instagram.

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The man not only disclosed the songs he loved, he also went further by playing them during his Instagram live session.  The Kings Music CEO, kicked off his WCB Playlist with Diamond Platnumz’s Song dubbed African Beauty, stating that he loves how its melody and beats have been arranged.

“Hii ni favorite yangu…naipenda sana..alifanya vizuri sana…I like the beats na melody unajua mimi ni Mbaya wa melody so this one is from Diamond” says Alikiba about Diamond’s African Beauty.


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Other songs that he played were Zuchu’s Sukari, Mbosso’s Nadekezwa, Lava Lava’s Wale Wale, Rayvanny’s Kwetu a song that he has always described as his all-time favourite.


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Harmonize, another former WCB signee had also made it to King Kiba’s Friday Night playlist with his song Happy Birthday, while Nandy was featured for her new tune Leo Leo featuring Koffi Olomide.

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Ringtone’s antics are doing more damage to the gospel industry than Bahati and Willy Paul ever did

Ringtone Apoko is one of the most divisive musicians in Kenya. The artiste is one of the most consistent gospel singers around as he keeps releasing great music that Christians can rally around.

But he is super-frustrating for me! Why? His constant need to keep himself in the spotlight detracts from the message in his music.

Just this week, Mr. Apoko decided to complain about God not giving him a BMW I8 he had fasted and prayed for. The gospel singer had previously promised that if God doesn’t gift him the car in 4 weeks, he would quit gospel music.

He added that during that period, he would go into fasting and prayer for God to gift him the ride. ”BREAKING NEWS 🔥 🔥 🔥 RINGTONE QUITES NOW 🔥 🔥 🔥 AM SORRY PLEASE🙏🙏🙏 AM PRAY AND GOD IS REFUSE TO GRANT MY PRAYER NOW AM QUITE IMMEDIATELY SEE U AGAIN GOD WILLING 😭😭”

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He has not been clear as to whether he will keep his promise to quit gospel music or not. In the video he posted on his Gram, he said something contrary to what he has written. ”Looks like Jesus decided to embarrass me.”

In the same video, he goes on to say that he had already bought a helicopter. How can he buy a helicopter and fail to buy a BMW I8? This was the same thought that comedian Jalang’o had. He replied to Ringtone. ”Chairman you will kill me with wisdom…You just bought helicopter but you cant buy BMW i8?”

My thoughts

And this is what saddens me. The man is clearly a good singer who can let his art speak for him but keeps on having to resort to publicity stunts to keep Kenyans engaged.

And I believe that his music is good enough to warrant play without any of the shenanigans that he keeps on propagating.

It ends up lessening him and his music contrary to the effect former gospel artistes Willy Paul and Bahati have when they court controversy to sell their music.

But what do I know…

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“If anyone can have it, I don’t want it!” Tanasha says as beef with Huddah escalates

The Huddah Monroe and Tanasha Donna situation seems to be getting each day. For those of you not apprised of the beef, it all started after Alhuddah threw some shade Tanasha’s way after Diamond’s baby mama celebrated becoming the most followed Kenyan female on Instagram.

Is Huddah right in trolling Tanasha after she became Kenyan’s most followed Instagrammer?

She added that such things no longer matter if there is no money in it. The post read; “Lol! So funny how in 2021 people still fight for who is most followed in Kenya/Africa or has most likes lol!

Adding;

But what’s your BANK BALANCE? Darliing? In this side of town we evolved! Even companies know followers don’t mean buyers 90% of the time esp in Africa cause most just follow for gossip and lurking! Otherwise we would have small businesses going to the moon outchea.”

And Tanasha was having none of it. True to form she came back with her own fire, by taking a swipe at Huddah’s career by saying, “If anyone can have it, I don’t want it,”

Ouch! Don’t forget that Huddah has previously admitted to sleeping with older men for money. Tanasha’s diss seems to have done the trick as the entrepreneur who spends a lot of time in Dubai tried to distance herself from claims pointing out that her initial post was aimed at Tanasha Donna.

In her passive-aggressive post, the former Big Brother Africa contestant rubbished the claims while also laughing of Tanasha’s response. She wrote, “If you have pus*y, I have. If it’s beauty I have it. So what’s to be envious of? Followers? Lol!”

Despite her statement, many fans in Tanasha’s comment section said that Miss Monroe was the victim of the green-eyed monster, now that Tanasha had surpassed her with the most followed Instagram account in the country.

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Government will even come to us artistes for a loan if they do this! Rufftone declares

As with most entertainers, Rufftone has a strong opinion about the way the government has handled the Covid-19 pandemic that has wreaked havoc on Kenya’s economy.

In a recent interview I had with the Mwikhulu singer, the man was unimpressed with GOK’s handling telling me,

“I think it can do more. I have always said…the reason by God’s grace I went through the Covid, it is because I was prepared before Covid. I would say that after Covid there would still be other infectious diseases, maybe there will be an Ebola. My issue is what has the government done for the artists with or without Covid, pre or post-Covid?”

Adding,

“For the past 5-6 years I have been challenging the govt. to do these 3 things and I believe if they do them, musicians will not have an issue.”

His first solution was that Kenyan musicians should get 60-40 airplay on local terrestrial TV and radio. “And news and weather forecast is not part of the local content,” he pointed out.

He then explained the rationale for his first solution telling me, “DRC and South Africa have implemented that and that’s why the hit song that dominated the Kenyan charts during Covid was “Jerusalema”. Why? Because of where they are from, they have been elevated.”

His second solution was that artists should get an increase in the Skiza percentage. “Artists at the moment are getting very little and I must congratulate the president because artists used to get around 15%, now they are getting 30%. But as the content creators, the intellectual property owners, we deserve at worst at worst 50/50 if not 60/40 again,” he opined.

He said that musicians had been responsible in keeping the country together during the early period of Covid-19 uncertainty. “You do realize that during that Corona period we were the only people who held the country together with those virtual concerts. Artists are essential to a country’s unity and even moving forward.”

His final solution was that all the major Collective Management Organisation’s (CMO’s) should be disbanded forthwith, with new and better bodies being formed.

“Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRiSK), Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP), and Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK). These 3 pillars/bodies are a problem.  If those 3 can be taken care of, I believe musicians will actually be pleading with the government to take a loan from the kitty. They will actually be able to lend money to the government cause it is a multi-billion shilling industry by itself.”

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Kenya owes you nothing – A letter to always complaining Victoria Kimani

Singer Victoria Kimani is back to mourning about Kenyans again. The lady with the penchant for the heavy elaborate make-up is decrying the fact that her fellow compatriots aren’t supportive of her and her musical talents.

The singer who released the album Afreaka back in April 2020 went on a Twitter rant on Tuesday, January 12, sharing several tweets as she tried to get her point across. “Kenyans will never cease to amaze me in every possible way,” she started off.


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Adding, “What part of ‘support your own’ don’t you (curse word) get? Gatttdammm (sic),” Then in conclusion she said, “F** it, I’m from Ghana now… From the Ashanti region.”

Victoria has explained in previous interviews that she grew up in the Western part of the continent and that being the reason why her musical influence is from Nigeria and Ghana.

In a late 2019 interview with the Recording Academy, the songwriter revealed that her family left the US when she was 14 and went to live in Nigeria where she was introduced to African music.

She also revealed the reason why she relates more as a West African is because they are English speaking countries there and being that she cannot speak Swahili, most of her songs have to be in English.

Now that we have gotten her history out of the way, let’s look at the substance of her latest message. Is she right that Kenyans don’t support her music? Yes…But is she right to get upset with this fact? No.


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Let me explain. Victoria’s complaint about Kenyan’s not supporting their own is a time-known issue among many in the industry, so her notion isn’t something I am shocked about.

In fact, many of the Kenyan musicians who complain about it can and do sing in Kiswahili, something she can’t, so they can be legitimately upset that their own compatriots don’t support them-No excuse about singing in English for them.

Another thing, if Victoria’s music really has that West African flavour then she should be doing excellently in Kenya. Don’t forget that we Kenyans support foreign African music compared to our own, that’s why Burna Boy, Davido and Wizkid compete with our Kenyan musicians for airplay.


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Another thing-Failure in a competitive market cannot always be blamed on the buyers. It means that your music isn’t jelling with the audience and that means she should take a long, hard look at herself and see what Kenyans want and consume. Not blame them every time they reject her music.

Victoria, no one in this life owes you anything and stop always playing the victim, you’re better than that.


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But what do I know?

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Tracy Chapman paid Shs 49 million settlement by Nicki Minaj for sampling her song

Tracy Chapman is proving that artists who have been largely affected by Covid-19 restrictions can still make money. The “Fast Car” singer can now purchase more fast cars (bad joke, I know) after mega-star Nicki Minaj settled with her.

According to Variety, a lawsuit that was filed by Chapman against Minaj, who recently gave birth to her first child, and originally scheduled to go to trial later this year, has seen a settlement in place by both parties.

Chapman has accepted a $450,000(Shs 49 million) ‘Rule 68 Offer of Judgment’ from the Queens-born rapper who sampled one of her most popular songs without Chapman’s permission.

Chapman stated, “I am glad to have this matter resolved and grateful for this legal outcome which affirms that artists’ rights are protected by law and should be respected by other artists. I was asked in this situation numerous times for permission to use my song; in each instance, politely and in a timely manner, I unequivocally said no. Apparently, Ms. Minaj chose not to hear and used my composition despite my clear and express intentions.”


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Adding,

“As a songwriter and an independent publisher, I have been known to be protective of my work. I have never authorized the use of my songs for samples or requested a sample. This lawsuit was a last resort–pursued in an effort to defend myself and my work and to seek protection for the creative enterprise and expression of songwriters and independent publishers like myself.”

Chapman filed the suit after Minaj used a sample of Chapman’s 1988 record, “Baby Can I Hold You” for her song “Sorry,” which featured legendary rapper Nas, back in 2018.

Chapman, who is notorious for not allowing artists to sample her work, had denied the request to approve the sample but the song, already recorded, was leaked by New York City’s Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex before the album was released in August of that year.

Check out the two songs below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqoLMGSBGYc&ab_channel=TracyChapman

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDCSFXhZlm8&ab_channel=BarbieMinaj

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